Peter T. Scardino, M.D., is chairman of the department of
urology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York
City and head of the hospital's Prostate Cancer Program. He lives
in New York City.
With more than two million copies of her books in print, Judith Kelman is a master of psychological suspense. Her novels include: Where Shadows Fall (1987), While Angels Sleep (1988), Hush Little Darlings (1989), Someone's Watching (1991), The House on the Hill (1992), If I Should Die (1993), One Last Kiss (1994), Prime Evil (1995), More Than You Know (1996), Fly Away Home (1998) and After the Fall (1999). Judith Kelman lives with her husband in New York City.
With so many good titles available on prostate cancer (PCa) (e.g., American Cancer Society's Complete Guide to Prostate Cancer), one may well ask if another PCa book is necessary. When the author is Scardino, head of the Prostate Cancer Program at Memorial Sloane-Kettering, the answer is an unqualified yes. He admits that this is "not intended to be one doctor's point of view"; instead, it incorporates "the help of top medical experts." Clearly covering the basics, Scardino explains how the prostate, a plumlike structure, is situated at the busy intersection of male sexual, urinary, and bowel functions and is subject to variably annoying maladies like BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and prostatitis to the dreaded but treatable and often curable PCa. He then discusses screening and diagnostic tests, treatment options (including complex and difficult-to-choose therapies), and finding the best doctors and treatment centers. Most men suffer bouts of prostatitis, and PCa strikes one in six American men, so this excellent and complete survey of cutting-edge information is highly recommended for consumer health collections.-James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Many men have a dreaded fear of prostate problems that prevents them from seeking help. In response to that approach, Scardino, a practicing urologist at Manhattan's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, quotes Joe Torre regarding his own experience with prostate cancer: "When you get the information, the fear just sort of melts away." This book should diminish many fears with its straightforward, three-part presentation. Part One introduces the normal prostate and its function. Part Two presents common prostate problems that more than half of all men will face: prostatitis and an enlarged prostate. Part Three, the most comprehensive section, presents all that's presently known about prostate cancer (prostate tumors account for one-third of all internal cancers diagnosed in men). In simple, concise prose, Scardino discusses risk factors, prevention and detection. Acknowledging the lack of a standardized treatment, Scardino presents available options and their resultant statistics. Important side effects that many men are curious about but are afraid to bring up with doctors are discussed in detail. Perhaps the book's most valuable parts lie at the beginning of every chapter, where Scardino gives a synopsis of what readers will learn in that section. This is one of the most comprehensive, accessible books on prostate cancer published to date. B&w illus. Agent, Peter Lampack. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"In my own battle against prostate cancer, I'm forever grateful to
have Dr. Scardino in my corner. Comprehensive and authoritative,
Dr. Peter Scardino's Prostate Book pulls together the most
current research on the prostate, arming men with the knowledge
they need to be vigilant and stay healthy."
-Senator Christopher J. Dodd